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Solomon BELEW
Tabitha COOK
Ellender ROBERTSON
WARNING:  This page was compiled partially from secondary sources. In particular, I have no primary source for the name of Solomon's first wife, though it's clear that he must have had a wife prior to his marriage in 1825.  If the files at WorldConnect, OneWorldTree, and the LDS are any indication, the genealogy of the earlier generations of BELEW/etc. is a mess, so I'm not attempting to connect Solomon to his alleged parents.  It does appear that the only other BELEW in the 1830 census of Jefferson County, Marshal BELEW, is of an age to be Solomon's nephew.  Marshal moved to Illinois by 1840.

Update:  two patrilineal descendants of our subject have been tested for the BALLEW Y-DNA Surname Project, and they are Haplogroup R1b-M269.

Husband:  Solomon BELEW / BALLEW / BALLOU
Birth said to be:  1790, TN
Death said to be:  1836, Jefferson Co., MO
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Tabitha COOK
Marriage-2:  20 Nov 1825, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife-2:  Ellender / Elinor / Eleanor / Ellen "Nellie" ROBERTSON
Birth:  1795/6, KY
Death:  after 1870 census
Other Spouse:  m1. ca. 1812, Charles STAPLES
Children with Tabitha COOK:
1.  (Daughter A) BELEW, b. 1815-20
2.  (Daughter B) BELEW, b. 1815-20
3.  Joseph BELEW, b. 28 Dec 1820, MO
4.  (Daughter C) BELEW, b. 1820-25
5.  Nancy BELEW, b. ca. 1822
6.  (Son) BELEW, b. 1820-25 could this be Silas BELEW, b. 1823/4, MO?
Children with Ellender ROBERTSON:
7.  (Rev.) William L. BELEW, b. 1828/9, Plattin Twp., Jefferson Co., MO 
8.  Hiram BELEW, b. 1834
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee

Sources (n.b., Missouri Territory was formed in 1812; Missouri became a state in 1821):

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Solomon BELEW
Spouse: Ellender STAPLES
Marriage: 20 Nov 1825, Jefferson, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1825-1951. Jefferson County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):  not found, and the CD does include some territorial records for districts that ended up in Missouri.

3.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, and the database does include some territorial records for districts that ended up in Missouri.

4.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, and the database does include some territorial records for districts that ended up in Missouri.

5.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, and the database does include some territorial records for districts that ended up in Missouri.

6.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but there was no 1820 census in Missouri Territory.

7.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 8; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 MO Jefferson Co. Plattin Twp. Roll 72 p. 117 Ln. 5 Solomon Belew 221 001 - 024 001
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = William (b. 1829)
= Charles STAPLES (b. 1826)
2 males 5-9 1820-1825 = Silas? (b. 1823/4)
= Joseph (b. 1820)
1 male 10-14 1815-1820 = James STAPLES (1816)
1 male 30-39 1790-1800 = Solomon (b. 1790)
2 females 5-9 1820-1825 = Nancy (b. ca. 1822)
= Daughter C
4 females 10-14 1815-1820 = Daughter B
= Polly STAPLES (b. 1818)
= Daughter A
= Lucinda STAPLES (b. 1815)
1 female 30-39 1790-1800 = Ellen (b. 1793/4) 
Even if we incorporate Ellen's children from her prior marriage into the household, it's clear that Solomon must also have had a prior marriage.

8.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not only do I not find Solomon or Ellender, I don't find any BELEW/BALLEW/etc. in Jefferson Co., MO, so our widow must be living with others.

9.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #149 OF 153):  District No. 42, Jefferson Co., MO, Roll, p. 481A, 1090/1090, enumerated 2 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Lucinda Nelson 35 F       Mo
Elijah H Nelson 37 M Farmer     Ind
Charles W   " 15 M       Mo
John L      " 13 M       Mo
William J   " 11 M       Mo
Mary J      "  3 F       Mo
Ellen       " 4/12 F       Mo
Francis J Staples  6 F       Mo
Ellen Ballew 56 F       Ky
Lucinda (STAPLES) NELSON is Ellen's daughter from her first marriage.  I don't know who Francis J. STAPLES is.

10.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 23):  Osage P.O., Courtais Twp., Crawford Co., MO, Roll M653_616, p. 825, PN 13, 436/435, enumerated 27 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
James Dobkins 47 M   Farmer 2000 1220 Tenn
Mary Dobkins 42 F         Mo
Henry Dobkins 18 M   Farmer     "
Ellen Dobkins 16 F         "
Jemime Dobkins 15 F         "
Lucinda Dobkins 12 F         "
Charles Dobkins 10 M         "
Cornelia Dobkins  5 F         "
Ellen Balew 56 F         Ky
Mary (STAPLES) DOBKINS is Ellen's daughter from her first marriage.

11.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 38):  Osage P.O., Harmony Twp., Washington Co., MO, Roll M593_825, p. 72A, PN 1, 4/4, enumerated 1 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Belew Wm L 41 M W Farmer 500 500 Mo
_____ Elinor 70 F W Keeping house     Ky
_____ Emily J 26 F W House Keeper     Mo
_____ Sophrona 16 F W       "
_____ Joseph A 13 M W       "
_____ Charles S 11 M W       "
_____ Wm T  9 M W       "
_____ George W  1 M W       "

11.  Messages posted to the Belew Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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